FORMER O’FALLON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MALICIOUSLY CONVEYING FALSE THREATS TO O’FALLON’S CITY HALL AND POLICE DEPARTMENT
A former O’Fallon resident pled guilty in district court in East St. Louis to charges of conveying false threats to the O’Fallon Police Department and the O’Fallon City Hall in November of 2006, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Justin Lamar Kidd, 28, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 25, 2011, which charged him with mailing a letter on or around November 9, 2006, to the O’Fallon Police Department, which stated: “Get all the blacks from Chevy Chase Apartments from out of O’Fallon before we burn the [w]hole complex down. KKK warning,” and, then, with mailing another letter, on or about November 18, 2006, to the O’Fallon City Hall, which stated: “Get all the blacks out of O’Fallon before we start burning the[ir] houses down.” Kidd, an African-American, sent these threats knowing them to be false. Kidd, in court documents, admitted his participation in these offenses.
“As I have said in other cases, my office cannot and will not ignore threats of violence of this nature.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
The charges of conveying false threats carry a maximum sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both, and three (3) years’ supervised release. Kidd’s sentencing hearing before the district court in East St. Louis is set for January 13, 2012. Kidd continues to be held without bond pending that hearing.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the O’Fallon Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan.